Vanilla Brown Butter Pear Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Brown Butter Pear Baked Oatmeal

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Does anyone else agree that pears are one of the most underrated fruits out there? SO JUICY, SO SWEET. SO FABULOUS. Anyone else remember my fabulous juicy pear crisp? YUM.

Anyway, I used to eat pears all the time as a kid; now I find myself buying them for my kiddos, who love them just as much. Sadly, they ripen quickly so I have to find ways to enjoy them before they turn to mush.

Once again, a couple of years back, I faced this dilemma on a wild Friday night in. I saw ripe pears sitting on my counter and figured I’d throw them in a simple, yet fabulous oatmeal bake that the entire family could devour the next day. Wow, just wow — it turned out insanely good. A hint of brown butter caramel flavor, lots of vanilla, and juicy sweet pears in every bite.

This brown butter pear baked oatmeal is easy to make and truly the perfect breakfast or brunch! Serve it up for Thanksgiving breakfast — you’ll need the fuel for all of that cooking and I promise you’re going to love it!

What you’ll need to make this pear baked oatmeal

This easy pear baked oatmeal is incredibly simple to make and uses lots of pantry staples for a quick breakfast. Plus, you’ll get the coziest flavors from juicy pears, cinnamon, caramel-like brown butter and vanilla. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter: you’ll need some butter, of course, to make that rich brown butter for the oatmeal. We’re only using 1/4 cup in the recipe to give it that caramel-like flavor and keep it extra moist.
  • Eggs: this baked oatmeal recipe uses 2 eggs. I haven’t tried with flax eggs, but let me know if you do.
  • Sweetener: we’re using a little pure maple syrup, vanilla & cinnamon to give it that deliciously sweet vanilla flavor.
  • Milk: I like to use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, but you can use any milk you’d like. Coconut milk would be fabulous!
  • Oats: because it’s baked oatmeal, of course! Please be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats, not steel cut or quick oats, in this recipe.
  • Baking staples: you’ll also need some baking powder & salt.
  • Pears: the juicy pears truly make this baked oatmeal special. I love Bartlett pears for the best texture.
  • Optional: I love adding diced walnuts or pecans for a little crunch, too!

stirring ingredients for pear baked oatmeal in a bowl

How to tell when a pear is ripe

It can be difficult to tell when a pear is perfectly ripe, but here are my best tips: apply a slightly pressure to the fruit, near the stem. If it is slightly soft, then it’s perfect for eating or using in a recipe. I do not recommend eating or using in recipes if the pear is still hard. Always store your pears on the counter (or at room temperature!).

Should I peel the pears before adding them?

No need! You can slice the pears as-is, however, feel free to peel them first if you prefer them that way.

making brown butter in a saucepan for brown butter pear baked oatmeal

How to brown butter

The brown butter adds such an incredible flavor to this oatmeal bake and is easier to make than you think! Get all of my tips and tricks for browning butter in this post and get ready to add it to literally everything.

adding brown butter to a bowl with pear oatmeal bake ingredients

Optional ingredient swaps

  • To keep this baked oatmeal dairy free: you can use vegan butter or melted coconut oil instead of real butter. However, do not try browning either of those options, as it will not work.
  • To make gluten free: be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you’d like to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Don’t have pears on hand? Instead of pears, apples would also be a delicious option. I always go for Honeycrisp as they are nice, sweet and juicy!

unbaked pear oatmeal bake in a baking dish

Can I make this pear oatmeal bake vegan?

I haven’t tested a vegan version of this pear oatmeal bake but you can try using a flax egg or two! I think it should work well, but please let me know in the comments.

Be sure to also use melted coconut oil or vegan butter instead of regular butter.

pear baked oatmeal with a slice cut out in a baking dish

Wonderful pear baked oatmeal in 5 simple steps

  1. Prep your pan. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown that butter. Just like in the instructions above!
  3. Mix the wet. Add all of the wet ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Add the dry. Then mix in all of the dry ingredients, stirring in the pears and brown butter last.
  5. Bake & enjoy! Pour the pear baked oatmeal mixture into your prepared pan, top with nuts if you’d like, and bake until set! Cut into 6 slices for breakfast.

pear oatmeal bake in a baking dish with a slice cut out

How to store & reheat baked oatmeal

  • In the fridge: be sure the pear baked oatmeal has completely cooled, and then cover your 9×9 inch pan with tinfoil before transferring it to the refrigerator. It will stay good covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, and you can reheat individual slices in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You can also store individual slices in airtight containers for quick, on-the-go breakfasts.
  • To freeze: once the pear oatmeal bake has completely cooled, cut it into 6 squares and wrap each square in plastic wrap and tinfoil. When you’re ready to eat it, place the unwrapped frozen square of baked oatmeal on a microwave safe dish and microwave it at 30 second intervals for 1-2 minutes. If you’d like to freeze the entire baked oatmeal for later, simply reheat it in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F while it’s covered with tinfoil.

slice of pear baked oatmeal on a plate

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I hope you love this amazing vanilla brown butter pear baked oatmeal recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo.

Vanilla Brown Butter Pear Baked Oatmeal

pear baked oatmeal in a baking dish

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Serves6 servings

Wonderful vanilla brown butter pear baked oatmeal with hints of cinnamon and sweet pears in every bite. This easy pear oatmeal bake is filled with warming flavors and makes the perfect winter breakfast or brunch!


  • Wet ingredients:
  • ¼ cup butter*
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Mix-ins
  • 2 small to medium ripe bartlett pears, diced (about 1 ½ cups diced pears)
  • Optional:
  • ¼ cup finely diced walnuts (or sub pecans)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 inch pan with oil or nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  • *First, brown your butter: add butter to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once melted, the butter will begin to crackle, and then eventually foam. This will take a few minutes. Make sure you whisk constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown and turn a nice golden amber color on the bottom of the saucepan. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pure maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients: oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined, then stir in diced pears and finally, the browned butter.

  • Pour mixture into the prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle the top with chopped walnuts, if using. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown and center is set. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 6 slices and serve.

Recipe Notes

To keep this baked oatmeal dairy free: you can use vegan butter or melted coconut oil instead of real butter. However, do not try ‘browning’ either of those options, as it will not work.
To make gluten free: be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you’d like to make this recipe gluten free.
See the full post for tips, tricks & freezing instructions!


Serving: 1serving (based on 6)Calories: 293calCarbohydrates: 35.9gProtein: 6.6gFat: 15.3gSaturated Fat: 5.5gFiber: 5gSugar: 15.6g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on February 3, 2021, republished on November 4, 2021, and republished on November 1st, 2023.

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